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Astronomy by Microscope

Talk to be given by Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University

Traditionally, astronomers use telescopes to study stars and planets. But they can also use microscopes to study meteorites, the rocks that survive a violent passage from space and land on the surface of the Earth.

From meteorites, we can learn about the processes and materials that shaped our planet and the rest of the Solar System. And some of the tiny grains within these rocks have even come from other stars, giving information about the stellar neighbourhood in which the Sun was born.

In her lecture, Monica will describe the latests discoveries that planetary scientists have made, using meteorites and microscopes to find out about the origin of our Sun and Earth.


Professor Monica Grady | talks | www


Date and Time:

8 January 2008 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House

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